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Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Baltimore Attorneys Assisting People Harmed by Medical Malpractice

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the ligaments and muscles supporting the uterus, bladder, and other organs in the pelvis weaken, causing the organs to sag or prolapse into the vaginal canal. There are a variety of factors that can cause pelvic organ prolapse, including inappropriate medical care. If you suffer from pelvic organ prolapse, you may be able to recover damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit, and you should contact an attorney. The dedicated Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys of Arfaa Law Group have helped many people injured by incompetent medical care recover compensation, and if you retain our services, we will fight tirelessly to help you strive for a favorable result.

Symptoms and Causes of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is a type of pelvic floor disorder that can cause bowel and bladder issues, discomfort, and numbness. One of the primary causes of pelvic organ prolapse is the vaginal delivery of an infant. In cases in which the vaginal birth of a child was complicated by the use of forceps, tearing, or the failure to recognize that a C-section was indicated, pelvic organ prolapse may be the result of negligence. Symptoms that a woman suffering from pelvic organ prolapse may experience include the urge to urinate frequently, a lump or bulge in the vagina, and vaginal discomfort. Pelvic organ prolapse treatment typically includes surgery and hormonal medicines.

Seeking Damages for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

People rely on doctors to protect their health, which includes performing necessary medical procedures properly and promptly. If a doctor fails to uphold their duties, their patients may suffer injuries. As such, many people harmed by a doctor’s incompetent care choose to seek compensation for losses harm via a medical malpractice lawsuit. In most cases, the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must prove the defendant was negligent in order to recover damages.

In the context of medical malpractice cases in Maryland, a plaintiff alleging negligence must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to provide care commensurate with the applicable standard but that the defendant acted in a manner that constitutes a breach of the duty. The standard of care that applies is the care that a reasonable physician in the same specialty, that practices in the same community, would provide under similar circumstances. In other words, if the standard of care dictates that a physician would take certain measures to prevent pelvic organ prolapse, but the defendant failed to do so, it may be used as evidence that the defendant breached the standard of care. In most cases, expert testimony will be needed to explain the standard of care and the manner in which the defendant breached the standard.

The plaintiff must then establish that the defendant’s breach proximately caused the plaintiff harm. In other words, the plaintiff must prove they would not have suffered harm if the defendant treated the plaintiff in compliance with the standard of care. Typically, expert testimony is also needed to establish causation in medical malpractice cases.

A plaintiff that establishes a defendant’s liability in a medical malpractice case may be awarded compensation for their economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses include the cost of any medical care they needed due to the defendant’s negligence, or will need in the future, lost earnings, and out-of-pocket expenses. Non-economic losses refer to the mental anguish, suffering, and pain the patient experienced as a result of their physical injuries.

Retain a Skillful Baltimore Attorney

Pelvic organ prolapse can cause extreme discomfort and debilitating symptoms, and in many cases, it is the direct result of negligent medical care. If you sustained an injury or illness due to your healthcare provider’s negligence, it is prudent to consult an attorney regarding your possible claims. The skillful Baltimore lawyers of Arfaa Law Group are adept at helping people harmed by incompetent medical care in the pursuit of damages, and if we represent you, we will zealously advocate on your behalf. We regularly represent parties in medical malpractice cases in Baltimore, where our office is located. You can reach us through our form online or by calling 410-889-1850 to set up a confidential and free meeting.